East Harbor State Park encompasses 1,831 acres of state parkland on the shores of Lake Erie and east of Port Clinton, the county seat of Ottawa County, Ohio. The area where the park sits has been considered a cherished recreation area for a very long time. The unique environment and biota in the area, including the lake, marshland and sandy beaches, led to the establishment of the park. The East Harbor State Park was officially opened in 1947 and is today one of Ohio’s most popular outdoor recreational areas.
The park is situated on the Catawba Island which sits beside Lake Erie which is one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world. The East Harbor is the former mouth of the Portage River, which flowed into the lake thousands of years ago. The area where the park now sits is the home of plenty of wildlife and plants including amphibians, reptiles, and several furbearers like the red fox and muskrat.
One of the unique features at the park are the remnants of the last great ice age that can be witnessed in the form of glacial scratches formed on the bedrock. The East Harbor State Park is also popular among birdwatchers who find the park a paradise for the number of unique bird species that are attracted to the area. The park also boasts the largest state park campground in Ohio.
Besides the diverse flora and fauna, the East Harbor State Park is also popular for several activities including picnicking, camping, swimming, fishing, waterfowl hunting, boating, hiking, and several winter sports. There are several amenities at the park to facilitate activities popular at the park.
Like most other parks, East Harbor State Park is a great spot to bring your dog to relax, exercise, or to have some fun. Dogs of all sizes are allowed at no extra cost as long as you are able to follow standard Ohio state park rules. Some of the park rules that you should be aware of include the following. First, your dog must always be on a leash no longer than six feet long. Additionally, your dog must be kept away from areas that are not expressly designated as pet-friendly areas. If you choose to camp at the park, you should be aware that there is a limit of two pets/dogs per campsite.